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An 80-year-old client has been admitted to the nursing unit with Parkinson’s disease. Which of the following activities would be most appropriate in preventing disuse syndrome?

1. Providing for the nutritional needs of the client
2. Promoting weight-bearing exercises
3. Encouraging 8 glasses of fluid in 24 hours
4. Turning and positioning every 2 hours


Weight-bearing exercise is the best approach to preventing disuse syndrome. Disuse syndrome occurs because the stresses of weight bearing are absent and the bone releases calcium. The other options list general nursing interventions that are not specific to weight-bearing. The core issues of the question are the cause of disuse syndrome and nursing approaches that will minimize it. Use concepts of basic nursing care to answer the question.


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